2012 Fiat 500: Nitpicking the Key Fob
August 15, 2011
Which one of these key fobs would you rather be holding on a dark night?
The one to the left obviously belongs to our Fiat 500. Love the classy-looking Fiat logo but I'm not a fan of the body-colored labeling that's impossible to read after dark. The one to the right belongs to our VW Jetta TDI, and it's labeled in a way that makes it easy to read both day and night.
I've learned to memorize the placement of the buttons whenever I'm with the Fiat (as most owners would). Still, there are times when I reflexively find myself looking at the fob for guidance, and if it's dark outside, glancing at the small chunk of black plastic in my hand provides no help whatsoever.
I've wondered if the decision to have the fob be body-colored is an aesthetic one on the part of manufacturers. If so, it's misguided, since there are fobs out there that manage to be both clearly labeled and attractive, like the one for our Volvo S60, shown below.
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ ~6,880 miles